You probably landed on this page in search of alternatives to harsh chemicals, irritating exfoliants and bioaccumulating toxic ingredients used in commercial cosmetics.
If you are planning to switch over to a green beauty regimen, then the restorative powers and the controlled usage of ‘Essential Oils’ is perhaps the best and the natural (botanical) plant based solution to all your skin, hair, beauty problems and overall general health.
Understanding the Penetration Mechanism of Essential Oils
According to a research, 60% of commercially available cosmetics end up entering into your bloodstream, and some of their compounds even get stored in our fatty tissues for years!
Carrier oils (such as olive oil, coconut oil or castor oil) in general do not penetrate more than 2-3 layers of the skin epidermal layer, as they carry a high molecular weight. On the contrary, most essential oils have a molecular weight of less than 500 Dalton and being lipophilic and fairly hydrophilic, they can cross the skin barrier much easily. Since our epidermis is lipophilic, essential oils have a tendency to relatively high transdermal absorption. The rate and the intensity of the absorption depend on the location of the application, exposure time, and rate of evaporation, temperature and the use of an occlusion technique.
Though still under research, it is believed that essential oils do not remain in the circulation for a long time and are eventually excreted via the processes of elimination. Interestingly enough, different constituents of essential oils may be eliminated via exhalation at different time intervals, for instance, while it takes about 40 minutes for bergamot or lemon essential oil, it can take up to 2 hours for oils such as peppermint essential oil to be eliminated via exhalation.
When used in the right concentration, essential oils work much like therapeutic medicines and drugs which work on its site of action, repairs & restore an ailment, before being finally flushed out of the body.
The Best Organic Green Beauty Formulations
100% pure essential oils are best extracted by the process of steam distillation. When applied topically, it’s highly recommended that a precise proportion of the essential oil (such as lavender, rosemary or tea tree essential oil) to the carrier oil is always maintained.
The right balance of the essential oil to the carrier oil ratio will depend upon your Ayurvedic skin type, Ie: Kapha, Pitta or Vata. The ratio can vary from 1- 30 drops of essential oil to 1/4th cup of carrier oil.
Oils that make the best carriers are: Olive Oil (Anti-oxidant and a general beauty booster), Jojoba Oil (best for oily skin), Avocado Oil (rich in collagen and great for dry skin), Almond Oil (rich in Vitamin A and great for sensitive skin), Grapeseed Oil (non-comedogenic and anti-aging), Sesame Oil (high fatty acid content give anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits) and more.
Our top essential oil picks for skincare are:
Lavender Oil – It’s a great pick for oily skin. Our Pore Perfect Hydrator/ Toner is a perfect infusion of Lavender Oil with other herbal extracts that is known to prevent build-up of excess sebum and is soothing in nature. Lavender essential oil also helps in combatting skin conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis, rashes and dermatitis.
Geranium Oil – Known to balance sebum, cleanse oily skin, revitalize skin tissue and enliven pale skin. Geranium Essence Oil is a powerful essential oil that is even known to minimize stretch marks, acne blemishes and cellulite.
Lemongrass Oil – the fresh and the citrusy aroma of Lemongrass essential oil works great as a skin toner, blackhead remover, and for correction of large pores (the epicenter of acne). It is best used as an astringent. Long term usage helps in skin revitalization and skin repair. Lemongrass oil is also a natural antibiotic and antiviral agent.
Borage Seed Oil – Rich in Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), Borage Seed Oil is best known for accelerating skin repair and as an anti-aging ingredient. The 5 essential properties of borage seed oil are: skin regeneration, firmness, revitalizing, rejuvenation and skin brightening.
Apricot Kernel Oil – Rich in Beta Carotene, Vitamin A, C, E, B17, Catechins and Chlorogenic Acid, Apricot Kernel Oil is essentially anti-inflammatory, anti- bacterial, and anti-Oxidant – in short, an all-rounder for your skincare and haircare regime.